A white light and noise fills the room.
“You may now remove helmet,” says an announcer. “You will notice a fine white ash on your body. This is the outer epithelial layers of your skin that have been burned away.”
Hall and Leavitt look at their skin. It’s covered in ash.
“Please replace the helmet in compartment, and proceed through shower in next room. Then you may dress, and descend to Level Four,” says the voice.
Leavitt sneers, and tosses the helmet on the floor.
Later, in the Level Four corridor, Stone address the group outside the Interim Room.
“We’re required to rest for six hours on Level Four after the exposure to the xenon lamp, ” says Stone. “so go to your rooms, and sleep. At the end of the corridor is a cafeteria. We’ll meet there at oh-four-hundred hours, tomorrow.”
“Pharmacology to Maintenance L-V,” says an announcement. “One of our RF’s shows six point-“
Hall looks at one of the unfinished nuclear substations on the wall, and fingers the key on the chain around his neck. Stone watches Hall.